The Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS)

Graduate Programme

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EPS Graduate Programme 2020 – now open for application

Programmes that fall under the Top Sector, are decided on every two years. NWO has not yet made a decision on organizing a call for the Graduate Programme Green Top Sectors in 2020. The final decision is expected in April/May of this year. Irrespective of the opportunity to apply to a call, the programme is an opportunity to learn how to write a PhD proposal and could be a valuable addition to your MSc programme.

EPS Graduate Programme 2020

If you are a talented MSc student interested in pursuing a scientific career in the plant sciences you can now apply to the 2020 EPS Graduate Programme. We offer talented MSc students the opportunity to write their own PhD proposals. You can participate as part of your MSc programme.

The EPS Graduate Programme will allow you to choose a group and a supervisor with whom you prepare a PhD proposal. Possibilities to submit your PhD proposal will be announced in April. You will write your proposal in a writing course (the Research Master Cluster, 12 ECTS). If you are not registered in Wageningen as an MSc student, you will receive a certificate for this course with which you can transfer the ECTS to your grade list. The course will be taught in Wageningen, travel costs will be reimbursed by the graduate school.

A maximum of 12-14 MSc students can participate in the EPS graduate programme. Please find information below regarding:

  • How to enter the EPS Graduate Programme;
  • The educational elements in the EPS Graduate Programme;
  • Time schedule.

How to enter the EPS Graduate Programme

If you would like to participate in the EPS Graduate Programme, please send your application to the executive secretary of EPS, Ingrid Vleghels ( and include in your application:

  • A CV with BSc and MSc grades
  • A recommendation letter from a university staff member (of one of the in EPS participating universities);
  • A letter with your motivation.

Deadline for application:  28 February 2020

Selection will be based on your BSc & MSc grades, references and motivation. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

Participation is possible if:

  • You are an MSc student at one of the in EPS participating universities (WU, UU, UvA, LU, RU, VU and RUG), an Erasmus student or exchange student;
  • You started the MSc study in the academic year 2018 or 2019. Expected graduation should be early 2021 at the latest.

The educational elements in the EPS Graduate Programme

If you are accepted to the programme, you will continue your MSc programme at your university. In addition you will participate in the educational elements of the EPS Graduate Programme as part of the optional courses or free choice in your MSc programme.

You will follow the Research Master Cluster (12 ECTS) writing course as part of the EPS graduate programme. The following elements are part of this subject:

  • Participation in the annual EPS scientific meeting in Lunteren April 6 and 7, 2020; you will attend this two-day meeting and meet a.o. with staff members of EPS research groups.
  • Together with your fellow graduate programme students you will have a meeting with one of the keynote speakers in Lunteren. You will prepare for this meeting by reading scientific articles of this keynote speaker;
  • EPS will organise a visit to a plant breeding company;
  • In this subject you will work on general skills such as Argumentation and Scientific Writing. All students will write a PhD proposal coached by an EPS staff member: your proposed PhD supervisor. Before the start of the course you will be asked to choose a research group and a coach to write your PhD proposal with. This does not have to be the staff member who wrote your recommendation letter. The cursory elements need to be taken at Wageningen University.

Time schedule

  • Application deadline EPS: 28 February 2020;
  • Interviews: Thursday March 5 2020;
  • Selection between 28 February and 10 March;
  • EPS meeting Lunteren: 6 & 7 April 2020;
  • EPS Research Master Cluster: April 6 – July 3 2020
  • Deadline application: no deadline yet